Kaffe Colour

I had a wonderfully busy and colourful few days at Black Sheep Wools last week where they were hosting workshops and a lecture with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably.

It started off on Thursday with a patchwork workshop where everyone planned out their quilts on Kaffe’s flannel grid-wall. The fabric clings to it so you can move things around and play about before doing any sewing. It’s like grown up fuzzy felt!

We had all the lovely new limited edition shades of Handknit Cotton chosen by Kaffe. You can see more and download the patterns here.

On the Thursday evening Black Sheep hosted an inspirational Kaffe colour lecture which included many wonderful images of Kaffes inspiration, knitting design, paintings, needlepoint and more!

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We had some classic garments on display from the Kaffe archive, including the beautiful Holly from Rowan Magazine 50. Who else wants to knit this and hang out near some beautiful Acers?!

Jem’s Knit Group

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I love going to knit groups and I love teaching workshops – so I have decided to merge the two!

The group will be an opportunity to pick up tips and learn new techniques – whilst relaxing, eating cake, and getting to know other knitters! You can choose one of four project packs based around my new book, The Knitted Nursery Collection which launches in January – and I will be on hand to get you started and guide you through your project.

New knitters are more than welcome and you can work at your own pace throughout the three meet-ups at Wired Cafe Bar in March, April and May.

Find more information or book a place here. Hopefully see you soon!

 

Toy Knitting Workshop – knit a baby elephant!

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I’m really excited about my new workshop subject ‘Toy Knitting‘, which launches in September 2015.

We will be making this cuddly little elephant, who is based on Ollie & Polly Elephant from my new book The Knitted Nursery Collection, which will launch later this year.

If you fancy a relaxing day of knitting, with handy hints and tips on professional shaping and sewing up toys, then this is the workshop for you.

I will be holding classes in Black Sheep Wools and John Lewis Oxford Street. More dates and venues will be added so keep your eye out for these and more new subjects coming soon!

Hopefully see you for some toy knitting soon x

Lazy Lace

I am a self-confessed lazy knitter!

Many knitters dislike large areas of stocking stitch because it can get a bit boring. I love nothing better than a vast expanse of knitting where I don’t have to refer to the pattern or remember where to do the shaping! Don’t get me wrong – I love a bit of a challenge, but those projects tend to be a bit slower moving.

When I do selfish knitting, I am generally either relaxing in front of the tv (currently watching Poldark and Breaking Bad), or in the pub with my friends. Neither of those environments blend very well with a pattern that requires lots of concentration.

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One of the things I love about lace knitting is that you don’t need extra ‘stuff’. You don’t need another needle like with cabling or lots of bobbins like intarsia – you’re just creating the texture with the stitches and it suits my lazy knitting! And if it’s a simple lace pattern, you can just read your knitting instead of the pattern.

When I first designed the Lazy Lace Snood using Alpaca Cotton, I was making it for myself – I loved how quick and easy it was to knit. Rowan then asked to use the pattern and it became one of my most popular designs. It is still available in some places as a Rowan kit – but I have now made a new version – the Lazy Lace Cowl!

wpid-img_20150411_182332.jpgThe Lazy Lace Cowl uses Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze stranded together which I love because you get the fluff from the Kidsilk Haze which is nice with a lace pattern, and yummy tweedy bits from the Felted Tweed. It’s knitted in the round so no sewing up when you’ve finished! I will make the pattern available to purchase soon, so keep an eye on my Facebook page. If you have already booked a place on one of my Lazy Lace workshops then you will get a free copy of the pattern – lucky you!

The Lazy Lace workshop is aimed at people who have some knitting experience but haven’t tried lace knitting before. We will cover the basic stitches used in lace knitting and you will come away with the skills needed to knit the Lazy Lace Cowl and the Lazy Lace Throw from Cute Little Knits.

Hopefully see you at a workshop soon! x